CofC Pounces on Early Miscues for 8-5 Win at Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. - Cole Mathis and Trotter Harlan hit two-run home runs in the second inning to break the game open as College of Charleston made it four-straight wins, this one an 8-5 triumph over Georgia Southern Wednesday night.
Jake Brink struck out a season-high six batters over four innings after the Cougars gave the freshman seven runs of support through two at-bats. On the back end, William Privette nailed down his sixth save of the season striking out three.
The Charleston offense took advantage of three early Eagle miscues posting a two-spot in the first then erupting for five more in the second for a commanding 7-0 lead.
Final Score: Charleston 8, Georgia Southern 5
Location: J.I. Clements Stadium | Statesboro, Ga.
Records: Charleston (26-14), Georgia Southern (20-21)
How It Happened
• Joseph Mershon led the game off with a double and moved to third on a pickoff error then Trotter Harlan walked and stole second.
• Jared Kirven gave freshman Jake Brink a 2-0 lead before taking the mound sending a ball over the shortstop’s head for his 18th and 19th RBI of the season.
• Charleston broke it open with a five-run second inning with Cole Mathis and Trotter Harlan both going deep.
• Patrick Sanchez scored on an error on the backend of a fielder’s choice, Cole Mathis sent a ball 419 feet over the left field fence to make it 5-0 Cougars.
• Two batters later Trotter Harlan hit a ball off the scoreboard in left center making it 7-0 Charleston after one and a half.
• Georgia Southern would get one back in the bottom half but Jake Brink limited it to just one after facing a bases-loaded, nobody out situation.
• Cam Dean made it 8-1 Cougars in the fourth singling home Cole Mathis.
• Georgia Southern would push across their second run of the night in the sixth on a sacrifice bunt. The Eagles got one more on the board in the seventh on a solo shot to center.
• Georgia Southern would cut the margin to 8-4 with an RBI single from JP Tighe in the eighth then a seeing-eye double brought home one more run to make it 8-5.
• Cole Mathis moved into a tie for the team lead with his seventh home run in the second inning as well as 32nd RBI. Mathis also collected his 15th multi-hit game of the season.
• Mathis was one of three Cougars with a pair of RBI - Trotter Harlan hit a two-run shot in the second and Jared Kirven had a two-run single in the first to get the scoring started.
• Jake Brink tossed four innings allowing just four hits one run and struck out a season-best six strikeouts. Brink struck out two in the first then struck got all three in the second via strikeout to limit the damage to just one run after a bases-loaded situation.
• Charleston collected their third win in the last four meetings with Georgia Southern in Statesboro dating back to 2019.
• Charleston moved to 8-0 on the season when they score between six and nine runs. Wednesday’s win moved the Cougars to 5-2 in night games and made it four-straight wins after last weekend’s sweep of Western Carolina.
• Mathis and Harlan went deep for two Cougar home runs, Charleston moved to 7-0 when they hit at least two home runs in a game.
• Charleston also grabbed their 10th win of April making it back-to-back months winning at least double-digit wins.
• Joseph Mershon has reached safely in every game played this season moving his streak to 28. Trotter Harlan’s second inning shot gave the senior a seven-game hit streak.
Charleston returns to Patriots Point to close April with a pivotal series against CAA rival Elon. First pitch Friday night between the Cougars and Phoenix is slated for 6 p.m.
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